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The KEY ingrediant to aviation is PEOPLE

Our community seems to be small

Here are three players worth knowing


While aviation seems to be  a small community, the good news of hire or a promotion does not seem to flow that quickly. Retirements of colleagues are also necessary so we can congratulate those moving to Chapter Two.

Today’s list includes:


  • A talented women promoted to CEO of aircraft brokerage firm
  • NATA’s father of its successful Safety First program moves to a broader-based safety consultancy firm
  • FAA CAMI promotes a doctor whose primary message is to NOT fear your AME.

Here are a few to note (please send any that have been missed):

JetAviva Promotes Deaton to CEO

Emily Deaton Jet Avia




Melbourne, Florida-based jetAviva, coming off a year of record sales, is transitioning leadership with Emily Deaton taking the helm as CEO. Deaton, who had been COO, succeeds Tim White, who has led the aircraft brokerage firm since 2016. White is taking the role of vice-chairman, working alongside company founder and executive chairman Cyrus Sigari.

Deaton joined jetAviva in 2019 as v-p of sales after serving as manager of CRM strategy and customer experience for Embraer Executive Jets.She was promoted to COO in March 2020, just as the global pandemic was setting in.


The change comes as jetAviva marked the highest annual revenue in its 15-year history and reported more than 100 transactions in 2021. The company found particular success with the Citation Excel, Pilatus PC-24, and Phenom 100, among others, it said.

“Deaton’s role in exceeding our company objectives, despite the challenges and uncertainty of the last two years, speaks volumes about her ability to successfully lead this organization,” White said, adding that her “positive impact on our organization in her previous role as COO has well-positioned jetAviva for its next phase of growth and expansion.

Emily (Weber) Deaton resume

Mike France To Depart NATA

by Kerry Lynch

– January 25, 2022, 12:16 PMmichael-france

Mike France, who joined the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) as director of regulatory affairs and later served as managing director of safety and training, is leaving the association after 13 years.

NATA to Magpie

France has accepted a position with Magpie Human Safety Systems, which provides a range of safety, training, organizational culture, systems analysis, and other services formagpie comp the aviation, oil and gas, and healthcare industries. {NATA is listed as a partner of Magpie!}

Under France’s direction, the association’s Safety 1st team launched an extensive knowledge base and support center providing services and information on an array of safety, training, and guidance, NATA said. He also oversaw the development of the Safety 1st Clean standard in response to the Covid-19 crisis. NATA further noted that among his other efforts, he helped advocate for change to hangar foam fire protection standards and fought to protect flight training programs and students from burdensome state requirements and predatory practices.

NATA president and CEO Timothy Obitts called France “a visionary—always thinking ahead when it comes to setting and then raising the bar for aviation businesses,” and added, “Mike’s work has built a solid foundation for the association to continue to grow and expand our industry-standard training and education programs.”

NATA, meanwhile, has brought long-time FAA official Keith DeBerry on board in a full-time capacity as senior v-p of safety and education.


Dr. David Hardy. Faces: FAA employee profile | by FAA Safety Briefing | Cleared for Takeoff | Dec, 2021 | Medium

Dr. Hardy

Before coming to the FAA, Dr. David Hardy was the commander of the operational medical readiness squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. During his 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, he logged thousands of hours as a military flight surgeon, including 38 missions in Afghanistan.

“I loved the comradery and teamwork required to be aircrew, but I never wanted to be in the pilot seat,” he said. “I got into aviation because I love the Air Force, and I saw flight medicine as the best way I could contribute.”

The culture and mission of the Air Force and the FAA’s Office of Aerospace Medicine were a perfect match, making the transition from military to civil flight medicine a snap.

Dr Hardy and HusbandDr. Hardy is the regional flight surgeon responsible for international, military, and federal government aviation medical examiners (AME) designated by the FAA. These duties include designating new AMEs, renewing designations, and ensuring the quality of medical facilities and exams. He also serves as a resource for AMEs who have questions about a specific medical case.

As the newly appointed Aerospace Medical Education Division (AMED) manager, he is charged with growing pilot, aircrew, controller, and AME educational efforts across the country and internationally.

“I’ve always enjoyed being an educator,” he notes. “When I was still in the military, I ran the International Education and Training Division at the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and enjoyed interacting with my students and building bridges.”

AMED conducts seminars for new and renewing physicians and provides safety briefings and exercises for pilots, including training in spatial disorientation, hypoxia recognition, and survival. They also provide library support and produce educational aeromedical publications and videos.

Recently, AMED accomplished a revamp in the residency in aerospace medicine partnership with military and civil programs that provide joint education and training. A two-weekCAMI orientation course at the FAA’s Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) in Oklahoma City allows doctors to achieve AME status with a greater understanding of flight risk and safety measures. Annual AME seminars for military flight surgeons provide the same understanding without teaching aerospace physiology since they already receive that training.

“One of the biggest challenges in aeromedical certification is that pilots believe that the AME is there to take away their pilot certificate,” he mentions. “That is not the case. Of the nearly 400,000 medical applications submitted last year, only around 5,000 were initial denials.”

Dr. Hardy further explains that 95% of those initial denials didn’t pursue any of the follow-up medical tests and consults requested by the FAA.

medical approved

“What many people don’t realize is that they can apply for authorization of a special issuance for most disqualifying conditions. Last year, the FAA approved approximately 35,000 special issuances.”

The authorization for a special issuance is a robust option for pilots, and your AME can help you through that process.

With the easing of travel restrictions and more in-person training and seminars, keep an eye out for Dr. David Hardy. You will recognize him from his Boston accent. He’s there to help.

fear not the ame

Paul Cianciolo is an associate editor and the social media lead for FAA Safety Briefing. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and an auxiliary airman with Civil Air Patrol.




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